Do pullets "play house"????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by teach1rusl, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I have five girls, all 17 weeks old, of the breeds listed in my signature. I was sitting with them in the coop this morning, petting them, talking to them, and just watching them (no...I currently have no life...lol). I have two nest boxes, and I've placed a brown wooden egg in one, a white egg in the other. First my wyandotte starts exploring the white egg nest, making low pitched cooing type sounds, moving the bedding around a bit, takes maybe three minutes, and then gets out. And then my orpington gets in the brown egg box and really goes to town, "purring," cooing, moving the bedding to mostly cover the egg. She was very attentive to that egg. She stayed in there at least five minutes (but never sat on the egg) doing all this. The only one of my girls who has any significant redness to her face is my australorp, so I'm not looking for any eggs until the end of Feb. at least (my guess). It was very sweet to watch, especially my orp. She just seemed very gentle with that wooden egg...lol. Is this typical behavior for pullets...to "practice" nesting???? Thanks!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, they do practice. Sounds like you'll have eggs pretty soon!
     
  3. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    my girls were a bit older when they started doing that, but in @ 2 weeks, I was getting eggs.
     
  4. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My barred rock pullet has been practicing like that for a month...no eggs yet. She is also extremely bossy and also kind of motherly toward our two younger RIR pullets.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    But the two who are doing this most really have no/little redness to their combs or wattles??? I just figured my orp was so "into it" because that's supposed to be a nurturing breed...??? Her comb is still a fleshy pink color. Oh well...time will tell I guess.

    eta: Wood/Feathers...that's kind of what I'm thinking in this situation. As I said, I wasn't thinking I'd get eggs until the end of Feb./early March.
     
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